Romance Book Review: Carol Lynne's Shadow Soldier

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Cattle Valley
ISBN:  978-0-85715-900-7
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Publisher: Total-e-bound

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Aaron has been through hell and back. He comes to Cattle Valley, a town that is friendly to gay men, to start his life over again. He hopes that with the help of the people around his he can get over his nightmares and move on from his time as a medic in the army. When he meets Deacon he learns to feel again.

Deacon's life has been full of secrets and pain. His move to Cattle Valley and opening of his wood working shop is the future he wants. When his friend Luke asks him to try to help Aaron with his nightmares, Deacon is all too happy to help the younger man where he can.

As the two men get to know each other they begin to form a bond and hopefully a future together.

This is book number 26 in Carol Lynne's Cattle Valley series. The featured story two wounded characters that work to build a strong relationship, while they both work to get over their past.

Description:
Deacon McConnell spends his days as a woodcarver and his nights as head of one of the most secretive government agencies in the United States. When he meets a man troubled by his time spent in the Middle East, Deacon feels drawn to the pain in the handsome man’s eyes. He makes the decision to help Aaron Ellis any way he can.

Dishonourably discharged from the Army, it takes everything Aaron has to get out of bed each morning. He’s become used to faking his way through life, putting on a happy face when the situation calls for it is a lot easier than dealing with his buried memories.

The day Aaron wanders into Deacon’s store for the first time, the last thing he expects is an immediate connection with the shop owner. For the first time since leaving the service, Aaron begins to believe there may be light at the end of the dark tunnel. The nights he spends in Deacon’s arms slowly begin to drive the shadows from his heart.

After years spent serving his country, Deacon yearns for a normal life. The move to Cattle Valley is the first step, opening up to Aaron the second. When duty calls Deacon out of town, he begins to wonder how much more he’ll be forced to give up for his country.

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